Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Since, I don’t have social media of any kind, I really haven’t seen a lot of the usual hype. I notice the red and pink all over the place when I walk into the store but that is about the extent. Some people love the holiday, others despise it and even have anti-valentine parties. Myself, well, I don’t really mind it one way or the other. I feel pretty loved on the reg, but if I get a card or a bouquet of flowers, I definitely don’t complain.
Because of the holiday being just around the corner, it got me thinking about love. But not the head-over-heels, dreamy kind of love. The kind of love that is shown in the way we act towards one another, the way we speak, in the small gestures we make. The bible talks about love… A LOT. Probably the most well-known verse about love is Corinthians 13:4-8 “Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud…” There is many more. Mark 12:30-31 says, “ Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” Luke 6:35 talks about a kind of love that may not come so easy, “Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked.”
God commands us to love one another. To show love to those who don’t necessarily “deserve” it. The way that Jesus loves us. We are all sinners, yet he loves us no matter how undeserving we truly are. Think about the awesome people you know that are so filled with love. They walk around positive, caring, giving, unselfish. They don’t judge, they don’t gossip. They are genuine and real. I want to be more like that. I want to love the way that Jesus did while he walked the Earth. Giving of his time, his resources, his life.
So in the spirit of love, I am going to strive to do many random acts of kindness this week for my challenge. It may be as simple as being more kind with my words, letting someone in traffic get in front of me, not interrupting someone’s conversation, giving a sincere compliment. But I want to be conscious of my actions, my words and if I am really acting in love. It is the greatest commandment after all. I encourage you to join me this week!